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Justice Mosaics: How Context Shapes Transitional Justice in Fractured Societies

Two of our researchers contribute a chapter to a book by the International Center for Transitional Justice.

 

A new book by the International Center for Transitional Justice, titled Justice Mosaics: How Context Shapes Transitional Justice in Fractured Societies, examines the challenges of responding to massive human rights violations in such different and difficult circumstances. It explores how societies in times of transition must adapt transitional justice in different ways. In particular, it illuminates how various factors unique to each country — like political settlements and social and economic problems — can impact the design and implementation of transitional justice.

The aim of the book is to help policy makers, practitioners, and academics to better read each context and understand how different factors come together to facilitate or undermine efforts to achieve transitional justice at a given time.

As the book explains, different factors in each country interact with each other to create unique opportunities and challenges for seeking justice. In such circumstances, where demands for peace and justice often intersect in difficult and challenging ways, what “can” be done, versus what “should” be done, depends very much on the specifics of the country. Understanding these factors and anticipating how they may interact with each other is part of doing justice in a sophisticated and artful way, rather than a dogmatic or formulaic way.

 


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